Martin Luther King, Jr. was a young man when his life ended. He was only 39 on April 4, 1968 when he was shot and killed. King lived a purpose-filled life as an advocate for civil rights and was a masterful, inspirational speaker.
Today, we continue to strive for a better life, workplace, community, and world. Some insights towards that end may be found in these lessons shared by MLK more than 45 years ago.
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- Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.
- Faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
- Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.
- The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically…Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
- Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
- Returning violence for violence multiples violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars… Have cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.
- We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.
- The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformist who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
- When you are right you cannot be too radical; when you are wrong, you cannot be too conservative.
- In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.
- Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
- The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.